12 days in Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Fukuoka Itinerary

12 days in Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture & Fukuoka Itinerary

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Beppu
— 3 nights
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Aso
— 2 nights
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Amakusa
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Beppu

— 3 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Futagoji Temple and Ajimu Budoushu Koubou. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Tsurumi and Hells of Beppu. Explore Beppu's surroundings by going to Yufu (Lake Kinrin, Homme Blue Cafe, &more), Bungotakada (Kumano Magaibutsu & Fukiji Temple) and Kitsuki Castle Town (in Kitsuki). There's lots more to do: get all the equipment you need at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and don't miss a visit to JR Oita City.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Beppu journey site.

Singapore, Singapore to Beppu is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Beppu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Beppu to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Aso

— 2 nights
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
On the 4th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Aso Milk Road, explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark, and then get impressive views of Mt. Aso. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, steep yourself in history at Oka Castle Ruins, then admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Aso road trip planning website.

You can drive from Beppu to Aso in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. January in Aso sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amakusa.

Things to do in Aso

Parks · Nature · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Amakusa

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Dolphin Marine World, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oe Tenshudo Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sakitsu Catholic Church, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amakusa online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Aso to Amakusa in 3 hours. In January in Amakusa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Fukuoka

— 5 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Visiting Tsutsukihama Beach and Nijino Matsubara will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Kamado Shrine. Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Yoshinogari Historical Park (in Yoshinogari-cho), Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Tenkai Inari Shrine) and Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and steep yourself in history at Imari Okawachiyama.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka day trip tool.

You can drive from Amakusa to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Oita Prefecture travel guide

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Hot Springs · Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites
Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.

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Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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